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National Canine Defence League. — No. 308.
Dr. C. BELL TAYLOR
RIGHTS OF ANIMALS
''Hoits Daily Guardian/' 1st April, 1908.
" I have long contended that if we are to improve at all
it will be mainly by way of the recognition of rights, not only
the rights of men, women, and children, but also the rights
of those poor relations of ours whom we call animals, and to
whom we owe so much of our enjoyment of life, so much of
our well-being, so much of our prosperity, and but for whose
cheerful and willing aid the business of the world could not
be carried on ? It is true, and much to be regretted, that
we are compelled to kill animals for food, and also in self-
defence, but we are bound in all honour and by every law
to make such killing as swift and painless as possible, and
nothing, absolutely nothing, can justify deliberate, cold-blooded,
and prolonged torture of any of them. It is pretended that
animals are not tortured, and that vivisection is not cruel.
I protest that they are tortured and that vivisection is cruel
— cruel beyond conception to the WTetched, mangled, tortured
victims, whose pangs might move the devil himself to com-
passion, cruel to the men and women whose peace of mind is
destroyed, and whose faith in God is shaken, by knowinjr that
such things are going on unchecked around them, and cruel
to the young candidates for a noble profession, who are taught
that the portals of scientific medicine are, like the gates of
hell, the avenue to every species of cruelty and abomination
the mind of man can conceive. When I was a student in
Paris they used to perform 64 operations on the same living
horse. It does not seem possible, but it was accomplished
by relays of studemts eight at a time, who operated on seven
horses every week, from- six in the morning till about the
same time at night. The tail was docked off in segments.
the eyes excised, the ears amputated, the bladder cut open,
the airteries tied, the nerves excised, and every inch of the
'' A little chestnut mare, worn out in the service of man,
had unfortunately survived the numerous tortures of the day
and no longer resembled any creature of this earth. Her
thighs were cut open, the skin torn away, ploughed through
with hot irons, harrowed with dozens of setons, the sinews cut
through, the hoofs torn off, and the eyes pierced; in this
blind and powerless condition the miserable creature was
placed amid laughter upon its bleeding feet to show those
present who were operating on seven other horses what human
skill could do before death would release their victim. No
anaesthetics w^ere used. I was horrified, but was told it was
necessarv. ' So spake the fiend, and with necessitv, the
tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds."
C. BELL TAYLOR.
Petitions^ LeaffetSf and all information can he had gratis of
BENJN. BRYAN, Secretary,
NATIONAL CANINE DEFENCE LEAGUE,
27, Regent Street, S.W.
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